The Symbolism Of The World’s Most Expensive Home

February 23, 2015
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by Peter High, published on Forbes

2-23-2015

Mumbai has many architectural symbols that mark its rich history.  There are historical religious temples and mosques. There are Portuguese buildings churches from the 16th century from that country’s period of colonization. There are many British colonial buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, the most famous of which is the Gateway of India. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary of England, but also was the point through which the last battalion of British troops marched on February 28, 1948 to signal the end of British rule of India.

Add to this list of structures that define a period in Mumbai’s history Antilia.  The billion dollar residence of India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani in South Mumbai is reported to be the world’s most expensive residence.  At 400,000 square feet and 570 feet in height it is one of the largest and tallest on earth, as well.  Though 27 stories, it is the equivalent height of a building that is nearly 60 stories. The structure began in 2002, and was completed in early 2010, and it takes its name from a mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean.

Ambani, his wife, and three children reside in the top four floors. Below them are six levels of parking with room for 168 cars, guest rooms, a health club, a swimming pool, a dance studio, a 50-seat cinema,  gardens, and a temple.  Above them are three helipads. All of this is accessible via 11 elevators.

To read the full article, please visit Forbes

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